A new art gallery named The Vestibule opens today at 5919 15th Ave NW.
The owners, local artists Kascha and John Snavely, met while on a field trip to the Museum of Modern Art at the university. “We spent many late nights eating gummy bears in the studio,” says Kascha, adding that they later moved to New York after college “to become famous entertainers.”
After grad school, they moved to Seattle where John worked in technology and Kascha taught philosophy at Seattle University.
“But we missed the art,” says Kascha, so after the birth of their second child, they launched The Vestibule 1.0.
The Snavelys started the first iteration of The Vestibule in an unusual place: They created an Airbnb that doubled as an art gallery, with a regular rotation of artists from the Pacific Northwest.
The new gallery (The Vestibule 2.0, as Kascha calls it) is in a more traditional space; Kascha says it will serve as both an art gallery and a retail space. But the retail approach is somewhat unique.
“As a non-traditional gallery space, we like to exhibit works that make an exchange outside of the capitalist economy,” Kascha told My Ballard. “That’s not to say we don’t accept art that artists would like to sell, but we’d rather find another type of exchange.” She says they will sell tote bags though.
The first exhibition in the new gallery will be that of artist Allyce Wood, who will present a digital tapestry and will open on July 14.
Wood is a Seattle-based artist who exhibits tapestries and often holds hours of open studio weaving.
“Through digital and artisanal processes, Wood makes installations and textiles with a focus on digital Jacquard tapestries and kumihimo. Along with the loom, it mediates traditional and computerized technologies,” reads a statement from The Vestibule.
Wood’s show will be held until August 20 and will be open Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fridays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and by appointment or randomly.